Jiggety jig. I had a great week away from home. I now love Freddy Moran more than I did before. She did a trunk show the night before the class...had four HUGE suitcases packed full of the most visually stimulating and exciting (to me) quilts. It was just a joy to see them all in real life. Freddy didn't make her first quilt until the age of 60. Today, at 77, she has made over 500 and is a highly sought-after teacher and speaker. Her third book (second one with Gwen Marston) is coming out soon. I forgot to bring my camera to the trunk show, but I did bring it to class the next day. Here's a pic of she and I that my mom took.
The quilts we're standing in front of are the same pattern, just different modes of light, medium, dark were used. It's the FreddyDotCom quilt we were in class to make. Mom and I went straight home after class and set up our machines on the dining table with every intention of finishing them right away. Mom made more headway than I did, but I'll catch up!
I thought that in many cases her quilt backs were just as exciting or interesting as the fronts. She has been to Helsinki a few times and is hooked on Marimekko fabric panels. Mom and I ran right home and googled the fabric...found a lot of it offered on this site but yikes on the $40-$50 per yard! SOOOO.... didn't I feel lucky a few days later when Erica and I went to IKEA and I found all these Swedish fabrics for $3-$7 per yard!
Those are shown on a Cal-King bed. Pretty cool for quilt backs, huh? I'm stoked. IKEA is the absolute bomb. I bought SO MUCH stuff I didn't really even need, just because it was so cool and so cheap! Here's a shot of some doo-daddy stuff just to give an idea.
You just can't go wrong in that place. But make sure to wear comfortable shoes and plan on being there four hours! I didn't believe it when Erica told me it would take that long but it sure enough did!
Look at what I got to come home to find waiting in the mail from my SO SWEET and silly lil Doe.
Love ya Doe! You're the best. It all just could NOT be any sweeter! xoxo
I have to close for now but I have lots more to report so will be back SOON. I'll close with my little contribution to the Vintage Pillowcase Challenge over at Handmade Parade. Not that I can participate since I was asked to be a guest judge but I still felt like throwin' my hat in the ring o' effort. You know how it goes...
That chair, up until today covered in green fabric and usually buried under an ironing pile, slipped into the pillowcase like a stinkin' glove! All I had to do was sew it up short at the top and create a couple little boxed corners. (the pink dotted fabric is simply folded in at the legs and staple-gunned underneath.) So there you have it.
See ya soon!